Science as kid's entertainment gets a little bit overlooked in our opinion. Obviously, a lot of science can be overwhelming for little minds, but we think that there are a number of fail-safe options that will always get them engaged. Fire, slime and bubbles will always get the kids entertained! So of course when the World Science Festival came along to Brisbane, there was no chance that we were going to miss it! Our oldest (at 5 years old) is really starting to open his mind to try and understand how things work, so we think that bringing him along to events like this will be invaluable to his development!
Getting into South Bank is pretty easy from most areas in Brisbane. It is well serviced by public transport and generally speaking, there will be plenty of parking. On event days, however, this can be a slightly different story. The parking can fill up reasonably early so best to get in quickly. We didn't have too much trouble finding a park at the museum carpark in the morning, but it was getting quite busy as we were leaving at around lunch time.
There was so much going on that we didn't know where to start, Some of the experiments and exhibitions were limited in their capacity, so the first thing that we did was to check out the program and register for the events that we thought would be fun! This has become pretty much a standard practice for us when we go out now. We booked a few sessions but for the most part we just wandered through, checking out the exhibits as we passed and stopping at the ones that really grabbed us (with was just about everything!).
The exhibitions were generally set up in marquees all along the path, which was good for squeezing a lot of different things in, but as more and more people came in through the day, it did become rather crowded at times. There were plenty of hands on exhibits, lots of things for little kids and heaps of more detailed information for the older kids!
Well, we did manage to find lots of slime and bubbles, we had a look at some different types of robots, had a turn on a swing that generates electricity and met Dr Karl. All of this in a just few hours, and we were only scratching the surface of this amazing exhibition! It did look like the kids were soaking up lots of information but even if they weren’t, they did have lots of fun! There were a few food options available there as well. We packed our own food and picnic rug and just had a picnic luch in the shade of a tree. We wern't the only ones - this was a popular option for a lot of the visitors!
This event was lots of fun and we can't wait for the next one! The kids loved the hands on activities and there were also a few little craft-y activities. Our only gripe about this event is that it seemed to be condensed in a small area, and it was so popular that it did become a little crowded. Perhaps next time they might be able to spread it out a bit and disperse the crowd? And maybe some more fire!
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2019
The Hatchery 2018
Queensland Museum, 2017
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2017
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2016
Where is it: Nationwide
What's it all about: Running annually over a week during August, Science Week is an annual celebration and promotion of all things science! It hopes to acknowledge all those achievements in science and also provide an opportunity to encourage involvement in science!
How can I join in: Heaps of events are scheduled throughout the week! You might expect that every university will have something planned, but it would also be worthwhile checking out museums, libraries and schools!
Tell me more: Our little kids love seeing science shows! There are heaps of events on through the week and it's almost guaranteed that museums will have something planned - previously we've been along to great events at Redlands Museum and the Queensland Museum! There are always heaps of hands on activities and experiments (can't have science week without experiments!) and explanation for the kids - through science week activities they've built bridges, kites, giant bubbles, seen some really cool experiments and have even had the chance look at the moon! We always try to get along to see as many events during Science Week as we can - the hardest thing to do is to plan out our week so that we can fit everything in! And while you're not tied up with the science displays museums are always great value for the kids with all their normal displays!
Queensland Museum 2017
Redland Museum 2016
Brisbane Family Explorers